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10 dead, 8 still missing in Uttarakhand avalanche

Avalanche. Stock phto: Tatjana Posavec/Pixabay

Sumna (Uttarakhand), Apr 24 (MNN) At least 10 persons were buried alive and another eight feared missing when an avalanche hit a spot on the Sumna-Rimkhim road in Uttarakhand, the Indian Army said on Saturday.

A total of 384 persons were rescued and 10 bodies recovered. Eight persons remained unaccounted.

The place is about 4 km ahead of Sumna on the Joshimath-Malari-Girthidobla-Sumna-Rimkhim route.

The avalanche was reported around 4 pm on Friday, after the area had witnessed heavy rain and snow for the last five days, which was still continuing.

The Army said it immediately launched a rescue operation and evacuated 291 labourers who were now lodged at an Army camp.

A Border Roads Organisation detachment and two labour camps exist near the spot for road construction work along the route.
An Army camp is located 3 km from Sumna, around one km short of BRO Sumna Det.

Rescue operations to locate others at both the camps were on.
Officials said that the road access was cut off at 4 to 5 points due to multiple landslides.

Rescue teams from Joshimath are working to clear landslides en route from Bhapkund to Sumna since Friday evening. It was expected to take another 6 to 8 hours to clear the route, the Army said.

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